Digital citizenship is the ability to participate safely, intelligently, productively and responsibly in the digital world.
Digital citizenship should also include positive, creative, deliberate use of technological tools and skills to create, connect, communicate, and collaborate in ways that make a positive contribution to family, school, and community life.
— Digital Citizenship Utah (http://digcitutah.com/)
On this page we curate resources on digital citizenship, useful for students, parents, teachers, administrators, community councils, and any other interested community members.
Digital Citizenship Resources
Granite Educational Technology Dept.
- Creating a Positive Digital Footprint: Digital Citizenship Helps for Parents | by Cherie Anderson, Granite District Educational Technology Specialist
- Digital Citizenship Tips for Parents | by Jenny Peirce, Library Media Educational Technology Specialist at Kearns High School, and Stephanie Seely, Library Media Educational Technology Specialist at Granite Connections High School
- Login Basics and Password Standards | Tutorials and instructions for setting safe passwords for your school account and other services
- Digital Citizenship Posters | by Krystal Plott, School Technology Specialist at Driggs Elementary and Wright Elementary
- The 4 Cs of 21st Century Learning | by Kristen Johnson, Granite District Educational Technology Specialist
- All Digital Citizenship Posts on the Granite Ed. Tech. Blog
- Our Digital Citizenship Pinterest Board | EdTechGSD Pinterest
Common Sense Media
Common Sense (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/) is a nonprofit organization “dedicated to empowering kids to thrive in a world of media and technology.”
- Common Sense Education’s K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum
- Connecting Families Program
- Parent Concerns
Cyberwise (http://www.cyberwise.org/) provides online safety education and resources geared specifically towards parents and educators.
Digital Citizenship Utah (http://digcitutah.com/) is a recently launched nonprofit website created specifically to aid school community councils as they seek to follow the new laws in HB213. It includes an extensive resources library which curates lessons and resources for teachers and parents on many topics related to Digital Citizenship.
DigCitCommit is a resource created by a coalition of partners including Google, Common Sense Education, and ISTE that are working together to redefine digital citizenship. They have identified 5 competencies that form digitital citizenship: Inclusive, Informed, Engaged, Balanced, and Alert. Its resource library includes resources from a number of organizations to help teach and build these competencies.
Digital Literacy Resource Platform
DLRP “is an evolving collection of tools about online safety, privacy, creative expression, and information quality, that can help you navigate connected learning environments and the digital world.” Curated by The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Also helpful is their related site, Youth and Media.
Google — Be Internet Awesome
Google provides digital citizenship and online safety resources at their Be Internet Awesome site. The site features curriculum (PDF), with lessons on being smart, alert, strong, kind, and brave on the Internet. It also includes a video game called Interland which poses relevant challenges such as crafting a strong password to outwit hackers.
The International Society for Technology in Education provides 21st century standards for students, teachers, and administrators on the integration of technology into all areas of education.
- Citizenship in the Digital Age [Infographic]
- Essential Elements of Digital Citizenship
- ISTE Standards for Students
NetSafe Utah (http://www.netsafeutah.org/) provides online videos and resources for kids, teens, parents and educators, including Internet Safety information that Utah schools need to meet the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requirements.
NetSmartz and Utah NetSmartz
NetSmartz Workshop (https://www.netsmartz.org) is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.
Stop. Think. Connect.
Created by the Department of Homeland Security, “the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online.” Resources include a toolkit with resources for all ages, videos, posters, brochures, and a blog on cybersecurity issues. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
White Ribbon Week
White Ribbon Week (http://whiteribbonweek.org/) is a positive, empowering week-long school program that teaches kids to make smart choices online and to reject harmful media messages.
Articles and Additional Resources
- #digcit | Follow the #digcit hashtag on Twitter to view and contribute to an ongoing conversation on topics and issues surrounding Digital Citizenship, and also to find great resources shared in real time.
- Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup | Edutopia
- How to Check Your Web Footprint – A Complete Guide to Web, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ Privacy and Security | The Edublogger
- A Parents’ Guide to Facebook | ConnectSafely.org
- Raising Digital Citizens | StaySafeOnline.org / National Cyber Security Alliance
Image by Mia MacMeekin. Source: https://anethicalisland.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/digital-citizenship/
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